This is the roundup of top Cebu news stories today, June 2, 2016.
Drug prices drop by 60 percent
An intensified campaign against illegal drugs and the tough-stance of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has led to the drop of prices of shabu in Cebu by almost two-thirds, police said.
Supt. Rex Derilo, the Regional Intelligence Division, said shabu now costs only P60 per small sachet, down from P200 to 300. He attributed the drop to pushers’ fear of being killed once Duterte assumes office and their intensified campaign, which netted them more than nine kilos worth of shabu worth more than P100 million from January to May this year.
We are going after high-value, high quality targets. PRO7 director Chief. Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr.
Read: Sun.Star Cebu: Pushers sell drugs at low price, fear for their lives.
Sun.Star Cebu: Yawa’s death a big blow to drug operations in Central Visayas
Cebu Daily News: Cops say pushers are scared of Duterte admin
Council of four holds session
A four-person Cebu City council approved a resolution returning the controversial P9.8 billion budget for 2016 and asked the executive department to submit a new one. The P9.8 proposed billion budget was stalled due to disagreement with councilors allied with Team Rama and BOPK. However, the suspension of vice-mayor elect Edgar Labella and 12 others have paved the way for the budget talks to move on.
Considering the new composition of the executive department, this Sanggunian finds it necessary to return the proposed annual budget to the said department for additional revisions to conform with its thrusts and programs. Cebu City resolution..
Read: Cebu Daily News: Council asks executive to make new budget proposal for 2016.
Sun.Star Cebu: Council asks new admin to revise annual budget, rejects proposed P9.8 billion budget
Sun.Star Cebu: Four person Cebu City Council makes historic session
Groups seek cancellation of K12 program
Militant groups want the Department of Education in Central Visayas and the Commisson on Higher Education to stop the implementation of the K to 12 programs since the government has yet to build the facilities for the new students. Alliance of Concerned Teachers in Central Visays president Antonia Lim said some schools do not have the facilities or curriculum for the program. In Cebu, Dr. Rhea Mar Angtud of DepEd said only 371 classrooms have been completed while 639 are under construction. Some parents also joined the rally, saying the K12 program will only be a financial burden.
Where would I get the money to buy their uniforms? I’m having a difficult time looking for their fare and their food. I have to borrow money so they can go to school. Nannete Lawas, 49-year-old mother who joined anti K12 rally.
Read: Cebu Daily News: Militant teachers ask DepEd, CHED to suspend K to 12 program.